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Libya: UN concerned over continued fighting in Tripoli

21 Feb 2020

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Internally displaced families such as these in Tripoli are extremely vulnerable to the ongoing conflict. Credit: OCHA/Eve Sabbagh

The United Nations and humanitarian organizations remain concerned over the continued impact of fighting in  the Libyan capital, Tripoli and surrounding areas on civilians.

On 18 February three civilians were killed and five others were injured, according to the Ministry of Health, when missiles hit Tripoli’s seaport terminal and cargo area. 

Lives continue to be at risk even where active hostilities have abated, as many areas previously cleared of explosive remnants of war have been re-contaminated, according to the UN Mine Action Service.

About 749,000 people are estimated to be in areas affected by fighting in and around Tripoli, including almost 345,000 people in frontline areas.

The UN and humanitarian partners continue to call on all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and to avoid the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, given their likely indiscriminate effects.

They also continue to provide assistance where access and capacities allow, reaching more than 400,000 people with assistance in 2019, including 95,000 people affected by fighting in and around Tripoli.

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan for Libya aims to reach 345,000 people out of 893,000 people assessed to be in need of humanitarian assistance across Libya ‘s 22 mantikas or districts.